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"Parachute Adams"

In keeping with the new policy of sticking to common patterns and/or those using readily available materials, let's tie one which belongs in every fly box--the ubiquitous Parachute Adams.


Hook Tiemco 100; Mustad 94840; #12-18
Thread Black 6/0 or 8/0
Tail Sparse mixture of stiff brown and grizzly hackle
Body Grey dubbing, natural or artificial
Wing White calf tail or body hair
Head Small tapered thread head
Hackle Brown and grizzly cape feathers


1. Smash barb and cover shank with single layer of thread.
2. Just above back end of barb, tie in a tail comprised of a sparse mixture of stiff hackle barbs from both a brown and a grizzly cape feather. The length should equal the shank.
3. Move the thread forward to a point on the shank about 1/3 shank length behind eye.
4. Stack a small bunch of calf tail or body hair and measure it to equal the shank length.
5. Tie the hair in directly on top of the hook with the tips facing out over the eye, making sure that the closest you get to the eye of the hook with the thread is 1/3 shank length behind the eye.
6. Pull the wing upright and put a few winds in front of the wing; now wind the thread around the base of the hair 3 or 4 times.
7. After the last wind around the base, bring the thread back toward the tail and catch it in the butts of the tied down wing; this will help to hold the wing upright without building up a huge shoulder in front of it. This takes some practice so don't give up.
8. Return the thread to the base of the tail, and dub a nice tapered body up to the base of the wing.
9. Match a brown and grizzly cape feather of dry fly quality, and tie them in behind the wing, butt ends facing you, with the shiny side up. Bring thread to front of wing and secure butts there, cutting off excess.
10. Take a small amount of dubbing and dub a thorax, covering up the area beneath the wing. Leave the thread in front of the wing, in preparation for tying off the hackle.
11. Wind one of the hackles clockwise around the post wing, making sure each wind is beneath the previous one; tie it off just behind eye, leaving room for the head. Repeat with second hackle.
12. Form a nice, smooth tapered head and whip finish.

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